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Asked to Give DNA Back

A South African university has instructed the Wellcome Sanger Institute to return DNA samples it has that were collected from indigenous African communities, The Times reports.

According to The Times, officials from Stellenbosch University say the Sanger sought to commercialize samples that had been provided to it to study "population history and human evolution." Researchers from African universities and the Lebanese American University collected these samples from indigenous populations, including the Nama people, solely for research and not for commercialization, it adds.

But in a letter sent to the Sanger, the Stellenbosch officials say they learned the Sanger was in talks with Thermo Fisher to develop a commercial research tool based on these samples and that this "raises serious legal and ethical consequences," as The Times reports.

The Sanger denies the allegations and says it did not breach its agreement, according to The Times. It adds that the Sanger says that a person working at the institute proposed the commercialization work, but that the institute did not pursue it.

The Scan

UK Moves to Allow Sale of Gene-Edited Food

The UK is moving ahead to allow the sale of gene-edited food in England, Scotland, and Wales, according to New Scientist.

Questions for the Field

Stat News writes that the alleged Buffalo shooter's citation of genetics research raises questions about what the field can do.

Cell Studies on Tumor Evolution in Mouse Model of Lung Cancer, Stereo-seq, Bacteriophage Responses

In Cell this week: tumor evolution tracked in mouse model of lung cancer, organogenesis mapped using Stereo-seq, and more.

Taking Stock of the Stockpile

The US and European countries are evaluating their smallpox vaccine stockpiles as the number of monkeypox cases increases, the Washington Post reports.